Romeo & Chelsie Hightower - Samba
Dancing with the Stars 2011 week 7 proved a rough one for rapper Romeo, who fell from first to last on the judges' leaderboard, thanks to a fiery but technically lacking Samba. Romeo and partner Chelsie Hightower entered the night's competition riding high on the success of their week 6 Waltz, which earned the first 10 of DWTS season 12 from Carrie Ann Inaba. The pair worked with Latin dance legend Shirley Ballas on bringing the rapper's own brand of flavor to their routine, and he left rehearsals declaring that he planned to throw a "Samba party in my shoes, in my shorts, I don't care!" Although he looked hot in his white tank and hat, there was something awkward about Romeo and Chelsie's Samba from the get-go. The rapper's movements looked forced, and it seemed as if he was thinking the dance instead of just letting it flow. Bruno Tonioli appreciated the "fire down below," but noted that the "bounce" was all wrong. Inaba agreed, asserting that there was plenty of bounce, but that the technique was off. Guest judge Donnie Burns admired his growth over the course of Dancing with the Stars 2011, but cautioned him against "earthquake"-rough footwork. Head judge Len Goodman finished up the critique in particularly harsh fashion, telling Romeo "you talked the talk but you didn't dance the dance." For their effort, Romeo and Chelsie were awarded two 7s and two 8s. Combined with an earlier Team Cha-Cha score of 30, the pair earned a total of 60 points, tying them for last place on the leaderboard with actress Kirstie Alley and partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy. Can the pair survive a lackluster, technically flawed performance and evade elimination on tonight's Dancing with the Stars 2011 week 7 results show? Watch ABC at 9 p.m. to find out.